The push is on to get your seasonal flu shot. The kickoff to the season starts with National Influenza Vaccine week, from December 2nd through December 8th, 2012. The goal of this 7 day focus on the flu shot is to encourage people to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Every year millions of Americans get a flu shot, and the vaccine does save lives. But for a very small number of people, the influenza vaccine can trigger an extremely debilitating reaction.
Link Between H1N1 and Guillain-Barre Syndrome
H1N1, also known as the swine flu, is the vaccination most commonly linked to Guillain-Barre Syndrome. GBS is a nerve disease that can cause paralysis, breathing difficulties, and death. Recovery is possible but often takes months or years, if at all.
The Centers for Disease Control announced that the 2012-2013 seasonal influenza vaccine will protect against 3 different flu strains: H1N1 (swine flu), H3N2, and Influenza B. In July of this year, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) released a new study that showed a “small but significant risk” of getting Guillain-Barre Syndrome from the H1N1 vaccine.
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
The attorneys at Maglio Christopher and Toale are thankful that immunizations keep Americans healthy and safe each year. However, our vaccine law practice represents the very small number of people in the United States who do experience a severe medical reaction to the influenza shot, or any other type of vaccination. Our role is to help those patients file a claim with the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
For more information on how we can help your family, contact Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. at 888-952-5242 or fill out our Vaccine Case Review form below.